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Parents and caregivers who abuse their children, do not usually do so in a vacuum. There are normally some personal or situational factors that drive them to abuse the children who are in their care. Below are some of the reasons why parents/caregivers abuse their children.


  • They were abused or deprived as children
  • Lack of parenting knowledge
  • Expecting too much from children, and not understanding the developmental stages and needs of children
  • Financial problems and unemployment, which create frustration and stress, which are then transmitted to the child
  • Insecurity and immaturity, particularly among teenaged parents
  • Alcohol or drug problems, or other forms of addiction, such as gambling
  • Inability to manage children single handedly in the case of single parents
  • Their self-image is defective
  • They see physical punishment as a means of disciplining child

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